Paraffin wax is a soft wax with a low melting point, melting at a temperature cool enough to safely immerse skin. The wax treatment acts as a thermotherapy, that increases blood flow, relaxes muscles, and reduces stiffness and pain in joints. Its therapeutic benefits are soothing for conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. It also reduces swelling by lowering fluid retention and flushing toxins. Paraffin wax can also help with minimizing muscle spasms and inflammation, and to treat sprains, strains, tendonitis and bursitis.
Paraffin wax treatments open pores and remove dead skin cells, rejuvenating skin and making it feel silky and smooth. It is a natural emollient so it adds moisture to the skin while the wax is applied, but it also helps keep moisture in your skin long after the treatment is complete. The wax creates a barrier on your skin that helps retain the oils that your body naturally produces. Due to its effects on the skin, paraffin wax can also soften hardened skin caused by scleroderma, by increasing the skin's elasticity, allowing for improved movement and mobility.
One hand or foot at a time will be put into a bag or glove with melted paraffin wax that is unscented or has therapeutic grade essential oils added to it. Then, the warm wax is massaged around the area through the bag. Next, the bag is put in a mitten or bootie. This is left on until close to the end of your booked treatment. The wax will trap the heat against your skin as it hardens, opening the pores. Once the wax is completely cooled it will be pulled away, taking dead skin cells along with it.
Paraffin wax is entirely natural, which makes it a great option if you want to treat skin ailments or physical injuries without more invasive procedures. Paraffin wax has a low melting point, which means it’s generally safe when it comes into contact with your skin.
You should avoid using paraffin wax if you have poor blood circulation, if you have numbness in your hands or feet, if you're diabetic or if you have any rashes or open sores.